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Fraser, Mitchell Thomas Joseph

Fraser, Mitchell Thomas Joseph

Fraser, Mitchell Thomas Joseph

February, 15 1991 – April 30, 2003

On January 21st, Mitch was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumour. The same day it was discovered he was in surgery within 6 hours to remove it. The surgery removed 95%+ of the tumour. He spent 3 days in the ICU and was moved to another wing at the hospital. Mitch left the hospital on February 3rd and went home awaiting dates to start treatment. Mitch went through 6 weeks of radiation, graduating with a certificate, then started oral chemo. Through all these treatments, Mitch had time to tease the nurses, check for wedding rings and tease poor Annie pooh about her hissy fit! With all the efforts the Doctors and Nurses made at the hospital, the treatments did not work. Two tumours were discovered on November 14, 2002 and he was given just weeks to live because the tumours were very aggressive. Despite the news, we tried yet another form of oral chemo. Mitch lived life to the fullest enjoying Christmas, his 12th birthday and even Easter with the help of pediatric palliative care, his VON nurses and his PCA pump (that he tried to get rid of by throwing it in the toilet). He was even able to drive his 4 wheeler just a week before passing away. Unfortunately, on April 30th, in the wee hours of the morning, Mitch lost his 15 month battle with cancer. Mitch was now free. During most of Mitch’s treatments he almost always wore a hat with a smile. Sometimes he didn’t mind showing his bald spots. He said his hair was his sacrifice to getting better. Mitch’s trademark was always a sports hat of some kind. He loved his 4 wheeler, fast cars, WWE and of course the Trailer Park Boys. He always had a rainbow in his drawings somewhere. The hat Mitch is wearing in the picture is from a motor cross he went to while he was undergoing treatment. Mitchell has taught us so much in his short life. The skill of courage, the art of compassion…a glimpse of what an angel looks like. Mitchell always had encouraging words for someone. He got me through some rough times and still does. He always said to me, “Don’t worry mom. I’m okay.”



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